Special Edition on "Spring Cleaning"
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NJPA E-Newsletter

Spring 2015
In This Issue...
by Sue Breckwoldt

The NJPA E-newsletter is taking this opportunity to invite spring back into our lives by dedicating our current issue to "Spring Cleaning."  With the holidays far behind us and New Year's resolutions just distant memories, spring can signify a time for rebirth, revival, growth, and change.

Spring affords us the opportunity to shed and pack away layers of heavy clothing, our sweaters, scarfs, gloves, and hats.  We can open windows, breathe freely, invite in the fresh, clear spring air and sunlight.  Literally and figuratively, we can sweep away cobwebs, dust, empty out closets, and sort through catchall drawers and files tossing out what is no longer needed to make room for something new.

This issue contains eight articles which lend different perspectives on how spring can bring hope and opportunities for renewal and revitalization.
Let us know your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions. The editorial staff would welcome hearing from you. Please see below how to best reach us.

Wishing each and every one of you a meaningful, fulfilling spring!

Best wishes,
The NJPA Public Education Committee
E-newsletter subcommittee and editorial staff.
3 Days to Feeling Better:
Your Guide to Jumpstarting Change

By Janie Feldman, PsyD

Making change can appear so overwhelming that some of us will avoid it completely. Yet the specific tasks of making change can be quite manageable when we carefully examine what brings us to desire change, and then devise a sensible action plan. The key to making change successfully lies in the creation of a realistic plan of action.

Contemplating change. “Do I need to make some changes in my life? Am I able to mobilize myself to actually make change? How can I possibly be any different than I’ve always been?” The idea that things could get better for you can be at once exciting, frightening, anxiety-inducing, and discouraging. Our lives are spent repeating things in habit form, almost without realizing there can be other ways of doing things. Yet, with the desire for change, AND the belief that change is possible, you can begin to create (meaningful and lasting) change in your life.
Spring Cleaning Your Belief System
By Laurie Appel

We often associate “spring cleaning” with clearing out old clutter in our homes and offices.  But it is also important to focus on clearing out the clutter in our minds – to sort through our thoughts and beliefs and discard or alter the unnecessary or damaging. Here is why:  what we have grown to believe, about ourselves, our world, and our future, directly affects how we feel, behave, and relate to others. It affects our confidence in approaching new experiences and relationships, and will determine whether we see future experiences as potential for failure or opportunities for growth.
Clearing Out The Cobwebs Of Regret
By Lynn M. Schiller, PhD

How often have you looked back over life choices and thought you should have done it differently?  The nagging feeling that had you gone in a different direction, things could have turned out better.  

In 2011, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign conducted research on what Americans regret.  The study gathered data from 370 participants by way of phone interview.  The researchers found that the most common regrets involved missed romances and family issues, and to a lesser degree education and work.  The researchers concluded that the romance and family regrets are linked to a sense of belonging whereas the latter are less tied to socially based constructs.  read more...
A personal thank you from the Editors in Chief to NJPA Communications Manager, Christine Gurriere, NJPA Public Education Committee Past-Chair, Rosalind Dorlen, PsyD, Janie Feldman, PsyD,  Marianne Herzog, PhD,  Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD, Lisa Greenberg, PhD, Public Education Chair, Lynn Schiller, PhD,  and Jeannine Zoppi, PhD .

For submissions/comments/questions contact: Allison or Sue
Editors in Chief:
Allison Dorlen-Pastor, PhD  [email protected]
Susanne Breckwoldt, PhD  [email protected]
Staff Editors:

Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD
Rosalind Dorlen, PsyD
Janie Feldman, PsyD
Lisa Greenberg, PhD
Marianne Herzog, PhD
Lynn Schiller, PhD
Jeannine Zoppi, PhD
Find more information on our contributors here.
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Lifestyle Changes
by The American Psychological Association
Walking will invigorate body, mind, and spirit
By Leslie Becker-Phelps
Carry The Breath Of Spring With You Throughout The Year
By Leslie Becker-Phelps
Something Not So Fun About Spring—Taxes!
by Marianne Herzog, PhD
Spring Forward with Hope

By Barbara Rosenberg
Find a Psychologist

Our Speakers Bureau is an excellent resource for those in need of a presenter or expert source for an article.

Don't Put Yourself Down in Circus Town:  A Story about Self-Confidence
by Frank Sileo, PhD

Insecure in Love
by Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD

The Year I Lost My Breasts...And Got Some New Ones
by Paula Kaplan-Reiss, PhD

More books and guides can be found here


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the NJ affiliate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation

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